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Footprints on Montague ~ Artists’ Talk
January 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us for a lunchtime artist talk on Tuesday, January 5, 12:00-1:00 pm, with Ann Rosen, Jess Frederick, and Tatiana Arocha, contributors to Footprints on Montague, an exhibit of artwork on the fence surrounding St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. The exhibit was curated with St. Ann’s cultural partners, FiveMyles and KODA, and includes additional works by Nina Meledandri, Hidemi Takagi, and Madi Dangerously.
Footprints on Montague is hosted by the Forum @ St. Ann’s and will be on view until January, 7, 2021. Attendees must register to attend the online event.
The exhibition consists of drawings of subway scenes, words for thought, prints made from the marriage of painting and photography and photographic portraits printed on vinyl banners as well as cut-outs of migratory birds. The artists’ works provide the public moments of pleasure and emotional retreat amidst the busyness and noise of city life, inspiring viewers to reflect upon their individual experience, their place in the community, and on this planet.
The photographer shows the strong black and white portraits of friends and neighbors taken during the pandemic. She used a 1969 Rolleiflex camera that allowed her to take these portraits with a close-up lens. These faces highlight a sitter’s pensive uncertainty as well as an open smile for being in the present.
The artist’s drawings of subway scenes show the familiar in a surprisingly unfamiliar manner. Her deftly nervous lines pass on the quiet moments of a subway rider going from point A to B. In the drawing of a deconstructed subway car its colors give the car the playfulness of a toy.
A site-specific installation has birds perched on the metal bars of one fence section. The artist refers to the recent phenomena of birds, who, during their migration to warmer climates, are blown off course. Increasingly erratic weather patterns due to climate change have brought flocks of foreign birds to New York City.
Additional information about the exhibition and artists may be found here.
Image: Art by Hidemi Takagi